Barclay A. Burke, 86, of Savoy died at 6:07 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at his residence.
He was born in Kingston, Jamaica on January 29, 1935. He was the son of Aubrey E. and Valerie C. (Hogg) Burke.
As a youth he moved to Canada, and then to the United States where he became a citizen in 1959. He joined the U.S. Air Force in May of 1957. While stationed at Chanute Air Force Base, he met the most beautiful girl in the world. He married Mary Joanne Michael on May 3, 1957. He spent most of his military career at Nouasseur AFB in Morocco, and was honorably discharged on July 5, 1961.
Barclay also worked for Calbert Kitchens, was a carpenter, and worked for several local contractors. He retired from Carpenters Local #243 in 1997 after more than fifty years of service to the Champaign area.
Barclay is survived by his half-brother, Irmin Burke; sister-in-law, Nancy Michael; son-in-law, David Herriott; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Joanne Burke, son Michael Burke, daughter Pamela Jo Herriot, sister Eleanor Berry, and two brothers Wadsworth Burke and David Burke.
A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at the Joines Funeral Home (Newman) with Pastor Kenny Hall officiating. Burial will follow at the Albin Cemetery south of Newman. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Transitions Hospice of Champaign.
The service will be live streamed on Zoom and can be viewed by using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3036245387?pwd=SXI3OU5mbG9WbE02TWRueHl4VHlzdz09
Meeting ID: 303 624 5387
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